... slash Congress’ en­ti­tle­ments

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

You are so right! Cer­tain mem­bers of Congress like to use the word “ en­ti­tle­ments” as if it were a bad word— that the peo­ple are get­ting some­thing for noth­ing. In the case of So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care, these are in­surance plans that we have paid into all our work­ing lives ( at least most of us).

Now the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to act like big in­surance com­pa­nies say­ing: Yes, you paid for it, but now that you need it, you are not cov­ered. They did the same thing to re­tired mil­i­tary per­son­nel. First they told them that if you serve 20 years, you will get health­care for you and your fam­ily for life for free. Then they said that was never said. Now re­tired mil­i­tary per­son­nel have to join Medi­care at 65 in or­der to keep their Tri­care ben­e­fit. If we want to get things un­der con­trol—be­sides a bal­anced bud­get amend­ment—we also need to change the Con­sti­tu­tion so that it states that Congress is fully cov­ered by ev­ery­thing they pass. No more ex­empt­ing them­selves from what we the peo­ple must swal­low.

Talk about en­ti­tle­ments.

Ken­neth Adams Phar­macy man­ager Chil­dren’s Home Care Ser­vices

Seat­tle

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